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Real Madrid considering formally notifying Atletico for property damage after youth-team match
The relationship between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid appears to have taken a turn for the worse, over the past 12 months.
Starting with Real Madrid poaching a few players from Atletico’s youth academy, breaking the non-aggression pact in the process, the two teams have been at odds with each other.
Naturally, neither of the two teams have held back when given the opportunity to bring down the other. In one such instance, Atletico Madrid had damaged the benches and the dressing room at Real Madrid’s facilities after the youth derby between the two clubs, reports The Athletic.
The Real Madrid youth were playing Atletico Madrid youth in the second leg of the quarterfinal of Copa da Campeones. The respective coaches of the two teams – Fernando Torres and Arbeloa, who were once teammates at Liverpool – had already made headlines due to a spat that resulted in the former getting sent off.
In the same game, The Athletic relays a source from Madrid, who claimed that Atletico Madrid had damaged the benches and dressing room of the opposition at the Valdebebas facility.
The said act could be a byproduct of the tension that came to a boiling point when the two youth teams met for the second leg tie, which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Real Madrid advancing thanks to a 4-2 aggregate.
In the same game, Torres was also involved in an altercation with Real Madrid fans, who began to taunt the former Chelsea striker.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have taken note of the damages inside their facilities and are seriously considering formally notifying Atletico Madrid. It will be interesting to see how things transpire, especially in the midst of growing tensions between the two city rivals.
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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.
This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.
Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.
However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.
The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.
And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.
As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.
With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.
Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.
But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.